James Blennerhassett

Top class Irish recording & performing Bassist

The magic of the single note!

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I remember several years ago when teaching a young Bass student, introducing him to the “Magic of the single note” when playing in 3/4 time. He didn’t get it!
He couldn’t understand that one note played with the right dynamic, length and feel was far better for the waltz than many and that it would swing, anyone who dances will know exactly what I mean.
I tried to tell him that most of the time less is more and the role of the Bassist is to provide the foundation and swing in the song…..he still didn’t get it!

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Author: James Blennerhassett

I am a session bassist and contemporary composer based in Ireland, most of my studio work these days is done from my own place via Dropbox etc. I am also a member of Derek Ryan's touring band. I play Double bass and Bass guitar and most recently a derivative of the Chapman Stick, the NS Stick and several other instruments when I must :-) I have two solo instrumental albums on release called "End of a longer day" and "A small shadow" and I am currently writing and recording a series of Pictorial Audio projects comprising Text, Audio & Illustrations in collaboration with my sister Susan & her husband Vitya, inspired by special people, the unseen little folk, and other fantastic creatures that inhabit the woods, streams and lakes on this island .

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